UK parents face highest childcare costs in Europe

Childcare
bills have reached record heights and are still rising, according to a new
survey.

Childcare
charity Daycare Trust said the average cost of a nursery place for a child
under two is now £118 a week, and rates in some parts of the UK, such as London
and the South East, are much higher – around £168 a week.

Stephen
Burke, director of Daycare Trust, said: "British parents face the highest
childcare bills in Europe.

Parents
need more financial help towards childcare costs to enable them to work and
give their children a good start in life.

"The
Government should improve the childcare tax credit and do more to encourage
employers to help their staff with childcare costs.

"Affordable
childcare for all is crucial to achieving many of the Government’s policies –
from ending child poverty to raising educational attainment."

By
Quentin Reade

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